Instagram fame assists Gemma-Marie achieve her mission!
Co-Creator of the hugely popular Instagram page, Adelaide Food Bloggers, Gemma is making it her goal to break the stigma surrounding dementia.
Popular Adelaide food blogger, Gemma-Marie Corti, has been busy raising much needed awareness for people in South Australia living with dementia.
With a following of over 11,500 people, Gemma has been using this as a platform to raise funds for the Alzheimer’s Australia SA Memory Walk and Jog, in memory of her grandmother.
“I joined the Memory Walk & Jog after mentioning it to my nonno (my grandfather), whom fiercely wanted me to do something to honour my grandmother.
“Whilst there is no cure for dementia, I believe that getting involved in this cause is important so that people understand what the disease truly is like for the person who is affected by it.” Gemma said.
Gemma is extremely passionate about encouraging people to get involved and for people to understand that those who live with dementia are still themselves.
“Just because your loved one can't logically voice how they're feeling, it doesn't mean they don't understand that they're no longer their most cherished version of themselves.” Gemma stated.
After experiencing firsthand the devastating effects of dementia through her grandmother, Gemma knows the importance for people to understand the impact of dementia.
Gemma’s father contacted Alzheimer’s Australia SA when her grandmother was in the early-stages of Dementia. She recalls that it gave her and her father understanding and comfort.
“With the help of Alzheimer’s Australia SA, we were able to at the least make whatever reality my grandmother was experiencing at the time a better one.”
“I hope that the money raised from the Memory Walk & Jog, assists in making life more comfortable for people living with dementia, improves education around the disease and boosts research.”
As well as advocating for people living with dementia, Gemma and her collaborator Vanessa De Chellis, who is also fundraising for Memory Walk and Jog, use their Instagram Blog as way to be inclusive of those who might be feeling disconnected.
“At Christmas time we like to remind our followers that there are many people who don’t find this time as joyous as others.”
Gemma is one of the many determined individuals, fundraising and encouraging people to join the Race Against Dementia.
Subscribe to Gemma’s fundraising page here – www.gofundraise.com.au/page/adlfbMemoryWalk17
To get involved and join Gemma and her family at the Memory Walk & Jog, Sunday March 26 2017, register here – https://memorywalkandjogsa.gofundraise.com.au/
Memory Walk & Jog is the largest fundraiser for dementia in Australia. In 2017, Alzheimer’s Australia will hold 18 Memory Walk & Jog events around the country to raise funds to support people with dementia, their families and carers, and help promote brain health and healthy lifestyles to all Australians. All courses are wheelchair accessible and there are different distances to choose from, depending on your age and fitness level.
Alzheimer’s Australia SA is the charity for people with dementia and their families and carers. As the peak body, it provides advocacy, support services, education and information. An estimated 353,800 people have dementia in Australia. This number is projected to reach more than half a million by 2030.
National Dementia Helpline: 1800 100 500
An interpreter service is available
(The National Dementia Helpline is an Australian Government Initiative)
Dementia is a National Health Priority Area www.fightdementia.org.au
Claire Morris I Events Administrator I Claire.Morris@dementia.org.au I 08 8372 251
Mason Krollig I Social Media and Digital Marketing Officer I Mason.Krollig@dementia.org.au I 08 8372 2149